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Independent Schools and the Non-Domestic Rates Bill

I believe removing charitable relief from independent schools will have a hugely negative impact on the sector. The Non-Domestic Rates Bill contains many sensible suggestions, but this controversial section proposing removing charitable relief is far from sensible.

 

The SNP Car Park Tax

The Stage 3 debate on the Transport Bill was long and controversial. I and many of my colleagues fought against the car park tax, which would see hundreds of pounds in charges for people to park at their place of work. 

Graham Celebrates World Porridge Day

Graham Simpson marked World Porridge Day with a smile and a mug of porridge. 

Mary’s Meals serve a daily meal of porridge to children in Malawi, Zambia and Liberia. 

We voted to leave the EU

I asked the First Minister why councils were having to make business cases to request Brexit preparation money. Unfortunately she spouted the same tired rhetoric that doesn't get us anywhere. Scotland is part of the UK, and the UK voted to leave the EU.

No update on Hairmyres station improvements

Today I asked the Cabinet Secretary for Transport when we would have a decision on improvements to Hairmyres station and especially the parking situation. Unfortunately he was not able to give a timeframe.

Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser Column September 2019

Over the summer I read a book by journalist Isabel Hardman called Why We Get The Wrong Politicians. The title didn’t quite reflect the contents but it was a very good summary of all that’s wrong with our political system. It mainly focussed on Westminster but the lack of effective scrutiny, the s